Mom's 90th birthday, Wayfarer Restaurant, Cannon Beach, Oregon, March 2020

Mom's 90th birthday, Wayfarer Restaurant, Cannon Beach, Oregon, March 2020
Mom's 90th birthday, Wayfarer Restaurant, Cannon Beach, Oregon, March 2020

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Louisiana, Missouri, on the Mississippi River. Confused? Read On - Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Missouri Counties walking weekend continues - day 3: Louisiana, Missouri, and Cuivre River State Park.

Today's weather was nicer than Friday and Saturday and we had shade on parts of the walk. The previous walks were flat, but this walk was quite hilly. And, it's the first time we've seen the Mississippi River since we've been in the neighborhood of it!

Susan and I arrived at Veterans Park in Louisiana (Missouri, that is) at the appointed start time of 9 a.m. to do a 10k walk. The weather was warm and not a cloud in the sky. The walk started out along Kentucky Street and we zig-zagged our way down the hill to Georgia Street. Mansions and historic homes lined the neighborhood streets. 

Side view of a cute cottage-style home.

Front view of the cute cottage-style home.

Crawford-Stark home (Estab. 1891).

More homes on Georgia Street.

We then worked our way up the hill seeing more modest homes there. On 3rd Street, we saw this beautiful church. I forgot to get the name of it.

With one final push up a steep hill, we FINALLY got to see the Mississippi River and some of the grand homes overlooking the river!

Check out this view from the hilltop.

The mighty Mississippi.

At the top of the hill is Riverside Park. Our path followed the river downstream and down the hill.
The Champ Clark Bridge opened in 1928
and spanned the Mississippi River from
Missouri to Illinois.

The NEW Champ Clark Bridge (2019).
Henderson Park (erected by the 
Rotary Club of Louisiana in 1998).

Heading down the hill to the river level.

One of the homes on the hill.

At the bottom of the hill, we walked alongside the Mississippi River, a park, current businesses, and the ruins of earlier businesses. A few, high-level clouds rolled in, but they didn't provide much-needed shade. 

We then walked up and down the neighborhood streets which had a fair number of Victorian homes, murals, and the main part of downtown Louisiana.

A park at river level.

Mural of the Louisiana Boat Club, 1952.

Mississippi River access.

"Assisting the People of Pike County"
mural (2002).

An apropos sign for this business!

This building looks like it was 
destroyed by fire...

...and it was a total loss. The bricks
 are being collected for re-use.

Photographic impressions of downtown Louisiana, Missouri:

Beautiful home.

Livery mural.

13th Amendment mural.

A gorgeous Bank of Louisiana

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

The J. W. Fritz Building (1891).

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

Downtown Louisiana, Missouri.

Lousiana Fire Department mural.

A ditch for storm run-off.

Residences varied from street to street as you can see from the following photos. We finished our walk going a short distance on Georgia Street, past a nice park (with restrooms!), and then back up a short hill to our start point. 

This house was on Maryland
Street, I think. Very cute!

One of many luxurious homes
on Georgia Street.

Stunning home on Georgia Street. We
were drooling over it.

By the time we finished our walk, we were hot, tired, and hungry. There was a Dairy Queen in town and we couldn't wait to go eat. Their dining room was closed so we drove through and ordered. We took our lunch to the park we had passed earlier. We really saw a lot of the town of Louisiana, Missouri!

As soon as we finished eating, we headed to Cuivre (pronounced quiver by the locals) River State Park to do a walk there. Because we were exhausted and hot from the first walk of the day, we decided to do the 6k here. 

This is where our walk started. 

When we arrived, we were informed that the 6k walk route had a closure due to downed trees. Instead of walking around the lake on the Lakeside Trail, we were supposed to go the opposite way from the trail closure sign, walk 3k and return back. 

We had to drive to the lake and find parking near the trail, which we did. Where we parked was at least 1/4 mile from the trail start as there was limited parking in the boat launch area. Lake Lincoln is beautiful!

Lake Lincoln in Cuivre River State Park.

After hiking down the road to the boat launch, we found the trail closure sign. We turned around and saw the outlet for the lake and noticed we needed to get to the other side of it to cross the earthen dam. We didn't see a trail, but we did see a bridge across the water outlet. So we hiked down to the bridge. It was very hot with no shade
The hike down to the bridge.

The lake spillway as seen from the bridge.

Here's the path to cross the dam.

Wild bergamot.

Susan and I were getting hotter and hotter. The trees were drawing us near, we had to find out why. Oh, because that's where the trail is! 

The shade was cool, but it was buggy with mosquitoes, and there was poison oak. Both of us decided we had had enough and turned around to head back to the car. We only wrote 3k in our books for this walk instead of 6k.

As we were crossing the dam, we saw a gentleman with a walking stick struggling to get up the path to the dam. Susan asked him if he had bug spray and he didn't, so she sprayed him down. He looked really hot and spent. We asked him if he had any water with him and he did not. We suggested it might be better if he turned back, which he did. 

Once back at the boat launch (up a steep hill from the bridge), I was feeling pretty hot. We also wanted to make sure the gentleman made it back to the boat launch. I stayed in the shade of the trees and Susan went to change her clothes and bring the van down the hill to pick me up. 

For about ten minutes, I didn't see the gentleman come back. I walked from the trees to check for him. He was struggling to come up the hill and his arm was shaking on his walking stick. He almost fell. When he made it up to the boat launch, I gave him my bottle of water. His car was also parked at the top of the steep hill. I asked him if we could give him a ride up to his car and he gratefully accepted.

When Susan came down with the van, we made sure he got to his car okay. We knew he was fine when we saw him the next morning at the walk.

The Cuivre River walk was an adventure for a group of people who got there early and didn't know the trail was closed on one end of the lake. They went around the lake and had to get under or over the fallen logs. I'm glad we had information about the closure on the trail.

After our second walk of the day, we drove to our next destination, Wentzville, Missouri, where we have a hotel closer to tomorrow's walks. That's all for today.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Paris and New London - Where Are We? - Saturday, May 29, 2021

Missouri Counties walking weekend: day 2.

Cold air, cold wind; this is going to be a chilly walk today. From Hannibal, Missouri, we headed 40 minutes southeast to Paris for our start at the Monroe County Courthouse at 9 a.m. On a weekday, the courthouse would be open and we could use their restrooms. Not so on a weekend. 

Several nearby gas stations with restrooms were available 24/7. Unfortunately, we came into town a different way and did not see the gas stations. We did, however, find a small park with a pit toilet about two blocks away from our start point. Luckily the bathroom was open; no toilet paper, however. In my backpack, I carry a roll of T.P. for just such an occasion. It came in handy today!

In front of the courthouse at 9 a.m., we signed in and received our walk instructions. The locals were having a farmer's market near our start point. Jams, jellies, bread, pastries, pie, vegetables, jewelry, and other wares tempted us as we walked by. Carrying our purchases around for six miles did not sound like a good plan. On the way back to our car, we could stop and shop if anything was left.

Walk registration at the courthouse.

Monroe County Courthouse - front.

Monroe County Courthouse - back.

After walking halfway around the Monroe County Courthouse, we then branched off and walked back and forth on the city streets. Our route was through residential neighborhoods, the county fairgrounds, old town Paris, as well as by historic structures.

When we finished walking around the fairgrounds and exited, it was obvious our instructions were lacking. We were supposed to turn on Locust to Fairview St. However, the streets just outside the fairgrounds had no street signs. Susan Medlin had to look up our location on her phone. Finding our location solved the problem and we made it through this part of the instructions.

Pretty butterfly wind spinner.

Susan Medlin steppin' out.

Up and down hills in Paris, Missouri.

Pretty open spaces.

As we walked, we enjoyed the homes, churches, and libraries we passed. The brick detail on many of these large structures is beautiful.

Paris's Public Library.

A couple of period homes.

A church with beautiful stained glass.

Stained glass in the Presbyterian Church.

The front of the Presbyterian Church.

I loved this home.

We had a turn immediately after the above home. An elderly lady was walking her dog and I stopped to talk to her. After a quick chat, Susan had already walked a couple of blocks. I hurried to catch up to her. I was in charge of following the instructions. After three blocks, we realized none of the streets were matching where we were supposed to be. Susan checked her phone again to see where we were.

It was at this point we realized we were lost. The intersection of the roads at this grain elevator was nowhere in our instructions. We finally found our location on Susan's cell phone and found we were a few blocks away from our start point. Between us, we decided to finish the walk instead of trying to find where we messed up. We headed back to the courthouse.

Several walkers who had recently finished the walk were talking on the sidewalk outside the courthouse. As we arrived, we let them know we had gotten lost three times on the walk. Someone said, "Didn't you get a map?" Well, no, we didn't. They apologized. Susan and I made the walk a 7k instead of a 10k. 

It was a 45-minute drive to our next walk in New London, Missouri. On the way, Susan set Garmin to look for a restaurant in town that wasn't a chain. Garmin found Tubby's Pub & Grub. Okay, we'll bite. When we got there, we entered Tubby's Pub & Grub. The sign on the door said it was under new management.

Tubby's Pub & Grub.

It was clean and open inside. The menu was adequate. The service was excellent. I ordered a BLT on Texas Toast with a side salad, Susan had beef nachos. My lunch was very good. Susan's nachos were a bit sparse. It didn't seem like they had very much on them in the way of cheese, sour cream, and salsa.

With full tummies, we waited for the club members to set up the start table. Susan needed to change her shoes and socks, so I went off to take photos in the immediate vicinity. There were a lot of photo ops!

The next five photos are a wall of murals showing life in New London through the years.

The old downtown across from the 

The historical marker in
front of the courthouse.

Historical marker, part 2.

Patriotic mural across the street.

The cannon in front of the 

Ralls County Courthouse, Missouri.

It's time to take a walk. Susan and I checked in and off we went. After crisscrossing multiple streets, we entered the Barkley Cemetery. After walking counterclockwise on the road, we exited the cemetery. 

Me in front of the Barkley
Cemetery gates.
Barkley Cemetery.
A cute, covered wagon design mailbox.

A psychedelic VW bug from the '70s.

Too bad it's abandoned and overgrown.

As we rounded the corner from Marshall onto 7th St., we saw a big property. I could see a gentleman in the back of the house. It looked there was a baby stroller there and a couple of dogs. We continued on. Just as we were almost past the house, two dogs came racing down the yard straight at us, barking and snapping. I told the first dog to back off and yelled at it. Then, I turned and continued walking. 

I thought if I ignored the second dog everything would be fine. NOT! The second dog attacked my leg and bit my jeans, locking his teeth onto the leg of my jeans. Thankfully, I had long pants on. If I had been in shorts, I would have been bitten hard. I turned on the dog a screamed at it to back off. I kept yelling and would not turn my back on it again. Finally, the owner came down the yard, got between the dog and me, and herded it back to the house. We let him know several walkers were going to be coming by his house. He didn't say anything.

We liked this Southern-inspired house.

We passed the Old School Market Place, a school modified with several small antique shops inside. Just around the corner was New London City Park. Families were barbecuing in the pavilion. 

New London City Park.

The whole side of this garage is 
covered in license plates. It looks
like a quilt. Very cool.

Love this!

Another pretty house.

Ralls County Mural at the end of 
the walk.

Signs in downtown New London.

This was a 10k walk. When we finished, we headed to our hotel in Hannibal. A restaurant called Fiddlesticks located in front of the hotel was recommended to us. Both of us had soup, salad, and a fiddlestick (breadstick with Mozzarella cheese melted in the middle). It was good. 

That's all for today.